Clove Hall is an elegant two-storey bungalow of Edwardian Anglo-Malay heritage now lovingly restored and decorated in the peranakan style. Built in the 1920s, it’s an evocative reminder of another era, befitting a visit to Penang that will inspire you to "get into the spirit" of the historic Georgetown. Penang has a good choice of heritage accommodation but Clove Hall has the edge if you're looking to combine relaxation and sightseeing.
The hotel is augmented with all the modern amenities – aircon in the guest rooms, pool, and excellent bathrooms. Everything is generously proportioned, spotlessly clean and well-maintained. The common areas are wide open to the garden and reflect a wonderful colonial ambience. The wonderful old world charm of Clove Hall is still there with the same unhurried and comfortable atmosphere.
Stay The residence is divided into 6 spacious suites, all of which are bespoke and individual in nature. Three rooms are on the ground level and three on the first floor. The tastefully furnished rooms in period Malay/Chinese decor invite you into the world of recluse and comfort. Our Cardamom room was welcoming with French windows, poster bed and other vintage pieces. Fully air-conditioned with LCD TV and large bathrooms had luxury products with wash rooms and tasteful decor. In addition, each suite has indoor and outdoor seating either overlooking the pool or under the shade of mature trees.
Dine The house functions more like an upmarket boutique guesthouse or a stylish "Malaya" home with 4-5 star amenities. Staying in Penang means eating is very much the order of the day. A fully cooked breakfast is served in the garden, by the pool, under the porch, or in the common lounge/dining area. It just depends on your mood and the weather. Extensive Western breakfasts are fantastic and do well to set you up for the day, but Malay cuisine can do the same. Our choice was Nasi Lemak.
Food is not served throughout the day but you can get tea and coffee anytime. Complimentary afternoon tea set by the pool is particularly pleasant and is accompanied by homemade cakes. However, tea can be taken in little niches around the house/garden, and everywhere we sat, we got a different, interesting perspective of the house and garden.
Relax A large pool compliments the outside temperature with a nice sized deck and plenty of deck chairs to recline upon. For quiet reading, there are many nooks that you can retreat to within the splendid gardens to have your own quiet space. The residence is located about 20 minutes walk, or 5-min by taxi from the centre of Georgetown, known for its Peranakan culture and recognised as a UNESCO Heritage site.
Explore For those wanting to explore the Georgetown; the Love Lane, Chulia, Campbell Street and Armenian Street are lovely to walk around. Look out for the incredible street art supported by the government. Sights include the lovely Cheong Fat Tze house and the butterfly park which is fun for kids and if you get hungry, eat at Monkey Tree, a great Thai place next door. Other eating joints are hawker stalls on Chulia Street, try the curry mee and the apom (sweet pancakes), China House for live music and great cocktails and cakes, Kerbaya at Seven Terraces for a special dinner.
The Founders The owners Jo and Jim are the picture of the perfect hosts, and take the time to engage with every guest to make sure everything is to their liking. Their knowledge of Penang and the local sights, attractions and eateries is flawlessly comprehensive, and they have put together their own guide available at the front desk with highlights of what George Town and the rest of Penang Island has to offer. They will guide you to fantastic eating venues and if it is beyond walking distance a taxi can be arranged.
Malaysia Airlines operates to major International airports worldwide and connects from KL and from Singapore to Langkawi, Penang and Medan. The budget carrier Air Asia connects from KL to all major Malaysian and Indonesian airports, including Langkawi and Penang, plus major southeast Asian airports. From the UK, you can fly Malaysia Airlines from London Heathrow and Air Asia from London Stanstead.
The hotel is located in a non-touristy area of Georgetown, within walking distance of local food eateries such as the popular New Lane evening food market. It is between 15 and 30 minutes by taxi to the main attractions of Kek Lok Si Temple, Batu Ferringhi and the street art of Georgetown, all worth seeing in this buzzing Malaysian city.
This is an intimate bungalow style villa with wrap around veranda separated from the main house by a grove of clove trees. The room with polished wooden floors has one King size four poster bed with mosquito net and a day bed in separate sitting area screened from the bedroom area by a four panelled Edwardian Oriental screen. Bathroom has an outdoor shower room and sunken bath. Room amenities include LCD HD TV, air con, ceiling fan and complimentary WiFi. Total: 2 Adults and 2 children, Size: 74 sqm
This spacious suite occupies the first floor east wing of the main bungalow. It has French windows that open onto the outside balcony with planters chair and views of the surrounding area. The room with polished wooden floors has one King size four poster bed with mosquito net and a day bed in separate sitting area screened from the bedroom area. Room amenities include LCD HD TV, air con, ceiling fan and complimentary WiFi. Total: 2 Adults, Size: 49 sqm
The suite is located on the first floor of the main bungalow and occupies the front portion of the house above the porch. The room with polished wooden floors has one King size four poster bed with mosquito net and a sitting area with cane three piece suite of furniture. It has a spacious bathroom with rain shower. Room amenities include LCD HD TV, air con, ceiling fan and complimentary WiFi. Total: 2 Adults, Size: 51 sqm
This spacious suite occupies the first floor west wing of the main bungalow. The room with polished wooden floors has one King size four poster bed with mosquito net with a daybed in separate sitting area. French windows open onto outside balcony with planters chair and views of the district. Room amenities include LCD HD TV, air con, ceiling fan and complimentary WiFi. Can accommodate up to two adults. Total: 2 Adults, Size: 49 sqm
This is a detached double storey “maisonette” with its own private outdoor courtyard seating area in a grove of clove trees. It has a sitting room downstairs and a large daybed and bedroom upstairs with one King size four poster bed with mosquito net. Room amenities include LCD HD TV, air con, ceiling fan and complimentary WiFi. Can accommodate a family, maximum two adults two children OR maximum three adults. Size: 56 sqm
This suite has its own separate private entrance, covered walkway attached to the main house and its own secluded courtyard garden filled with ginger lilies. Room features one King size bed on a wooden slatted base with a stone platform and day beds in a separate sitting area. Cool terra cotta floors and exposed wooden rafters, French windows opening onto the courtyard garden. The spacious bathroom has a rain shower. Room amenities include LCD HD TV, air con, ceiling fan and complimentary WiFi. Total: 2 Adults, Size: 56 sqm
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Marine Park Take a day trip and explore the colourful underwater world of the Pulau Payar Marine Park in Penang. Spend the day snorkelling and swimming, plus enjoy a scenic ferry ride between Penang and Pulau Payar. Day tour include all equipment, a savory buffet lunch of Dominican fare, and round-trip transport from your hotel!
Monkey Beach Escape the urban landscapes and make your way to sandy shores on this Monkey Beach excursion including BBQ lunch from Penang. You’ll enjoy a quick boat ride over calm and clear waters to an uninhabited Malaysian island for a day of sun, sand and ultimate relaxation. Choose to fish, trek through the jungle or just lounge on the beach before tucking into a delicious BBQ lunch cooked on the beach.
Orangutan Island See Orangutans up close in a small island. Take a day tour to Orangutan Island, Mangrove Forest, and Charcoal Factory with your own private guide. Visit Taiping Lake Gardens, one of the oldest lake gardens in Malaysia. Study different species of mangrove and diverse wildlife at Kuala Sepetang Mangrove Forest. Not to be missed for nature lovers! Witness the process of transforming mangrove wood into charcoal at charcoal factory.
Nature Walk Explore one of only two remaining virgin forest areas on the island of Penang during this 5-hour nature walk excursion at The Habitat Penang Hill. Take a stroll along the 1-mile (1.6-kilometer) nature trail through this ecotourism park, marveling at the habitat’s unique range of plants and animals. An included lunch at a British colonial-style restaurant and great island views add to the experience.
Art Hunting Go street art ‘hunting’ in George Town. There’s a lot of very cool street art scattered across Penang, especially in George Town and it is a great way to explore the city. There’s a famous collection by Ernest Zacharevic, a young artist from Lithuania, who was commissioned to create six works in the streets of George Town. The result was stunning and quickly gained worldwide fame.
When to go The rainy season on the west coast of Peninsula Malaysia typically comes between April and October but often the rains don't really arrive until June or July. Even during the monsoon, the rains tend to come in sharp bursts, usually during the afternoon, with sunshine for the rest of the day. Penang, however, does get heavy rains in September and October.
The east coast monsoon, which falls between mid-November and February, is more marked, churning up the seas and making some of the island destinations inaccessible. These rains also affect the interior of Peninsula Malaysia, and the whole of Malaysian Borneo.
Visa & Customs Malaysia tourist visa is not required for citizens of United Kingdom for a stay up to 90 days. However, all travelers will need a passport valid for at least 90 days following your departure date from Malaysia. However, we strongly recommend traveling with 6 months validity on your passport at all times.
Most destinations, including Malaysia, require that you have adequate un-used pages in your passport. We recommend that you have at least two free pages in Visas section of your passport before any international travel.